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By Margaret Peterson Haddix

Luke Garner, an unlawful 3rd baby, spent his first twelve years in hiding. For the previous 4 months Luke has lived between others, utilizing the id of Lee provide, on the Hendricks college for Boys. yet simply as issues are eventually commencing to pass correct, Lee's little brother Smits arrives on the university and Luke unearths himself stuck in a tangle of lies that will get extra complicated with each passing day.
Can Luke belief Smits to maintain his mystery? and will he belief Smits's menacing bodyguard, Oscar?

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Convinced, your brother,” Mr. Hendricks repeated. “You are Lee. ” “Aw, Mr. Hendricks,” Luke protested. “It’s simply you and me. We don’t need to fake, can we? And the opposite kids—they understand I’m not likely Lee provide. This Smits child goes to grasp I’m now not his brother. So we don’t need to act love it, will we? ” Mr. Hendricks simply checked out Luke. Luke couldn’t cease the circulate of questions. “Why’s he coming the following, besides? ” “He misses his older brother,” Mr. Hendricks stated. “He misses you. ” The “older” used to be a shock. Luke felt even stranger now. “Mr. Hendricks, I by no means even knew Lee had a brother. This child couldn’t pass over me. He’s by no means met me. What’s rather happening the following? ” Mr. Hendricks looked as if it would sag a piece opposed to the again of his chair. “I’m purely repeating what his mom and dad advised me over the telephone this morning,” he stated. “Well, of course,” Luke stated. “They be aware of it’s now not secure to assert something actual over the telephone. They be aware of the inhabitants Police faucet cell traces for all time. this is often all a few … a few mix-up or anything. ” “Luke—Lee, I mean—I don’t relatively understand what’s happening the following. yet i feel it’s most sensible to continue with warning. You do have to commence performing like Lee. You do have to faux that you just understand Smits good, as a brother. For the sake of all people concerned. ” often Luke had loads of recognize for Mr. Hendricks, yet now he couldn’t withstand creating a face. “That’s crazy,” Luke stated. “Why fake while nobody’s going to be fooled? ” “Nobody? ” Mr. Hendricks countered. “Nobody? Don’t be so convinced. Actors can’t constantly understand who’s within the viewers. ” Luke shook his head disdainfully. “This is Hendricks School,” he stated. “This isn’t inhabitants Police headquarters. This isn’t a few executive conference. We’re secure right here. we all know we’re just about all 3rd youngsters with pretend I. D. ’s. Nobody’s going to file us. ” “Really,” Mr. Hendricks stated. “Is your reminiscence that brief? What approximately Jason? ” Jason have been a inhabitants Police undercover agent who’d infiltrated the college. simply listening to his identify may well nonetheless ship a shiver of worry via Luke’s physique, yet he held it again, attempted to not permit Mr. Hendricks see. “Jason’s long past now,” Luke acknowledged. He was once pleased with the best way he stored his voice point and calm. “And you stated your self, you’re screening new candidates greater, you’re not likely to allow that occur back. And we’re all so … cozy the following now. We’re speaking to each other approximately being unlawful, approximately having pretend I. D. ’s. We’re all buddies. ” Mr. Hendricks rolled over to the window and stared out at a cascade of forsythia that concealed his condominium from the lane. “I fear that you’ve all develop into too cozy. That we’re now not getting ready you for …” He permit his voice path off. Then he appeared again at Luke. “For truth. What if this Smits is one other Jason? ” The query hung within the air. to flee Mr. Hendricks’s gaze, Luke glanced down on the photograph of Smits. He observed chilly grey eyes, a patrician nostril, gentle hair, a sneer. Smits furnish was once most likely in basic terms 11 or twelve years previous, yet he could to boot were a miniature grownup. The glance he had given the camera—and now giving Luke—made Luke suppose like a negative, dumb kingdom child back.

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